Following an inauspicious start to his NBA career, Henry Ellenson is hoping to find a team that suits him.
Right now, that team is the Knicks, which signed the former Marquette standout to a 10-day contract after the Pistons released him on Feb. 8. The 6-foot-11 Wisconsin native played just four minutes during the team's 130-118 victory over the Spurs on Sunday, but possesses the potential and skill set that could lead to an extended stay in New York.
When Detroit drafted Ellenson, Tobias Harris ate up his minutes. Then, the Pistons traded for Blake Girffin.
"Those are two guys -- Blake is Blake and Tobias is playing like an All-Star," Ellenson told the New York Post. "I learned from them. I got a lot better from them."
The team exiled coach Stan Van Gundy, who drafted Ellenson, after the 2018 season -- another factor that expedited Ellenson's departure from Detroit.
"If Stan was there, it'd probably be different for me this season," Ellenson said. "The way things worked out, Stan getting fired, a new front office and coaching staff, there was a change of scenery there.
"This was a team trying to make the playoffs, and I couldn't crack a spot. I learned a lot from it. The next step for me with the Knicks is to take what I learned my first two and a half years and be a professional and come in and show consistency."
Ellenson managed 59 games during his two-plus seasons in Detroit. He also spent a considerable amount of time with the Pistons' G League squad in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Ellenson fancies himself as a big man who can handle the ball and shoot from the outside, while also rebounding and attacking the rim.
"It's just getting rhythm with these guys on the court," he told the Post. "It's not hard to pick up. They only have a couple of plays - some pick-and rolls and stuff. That was easy enough. Just rhythm being on the court."
And if Ellenson proves he can gel with his new teammates, it's possible the Knicks will renew his 10-day deal -- which expires Friday. All he's hoping that the right situation in the NBA will allow him to reach his maximum potential. Now, the question is whether he will get that shot with the Knicks.